Thomas Kellner & Daniel Schumann
Conny Dietzschold Gallery
Two German photographers, Thomas Kellner and Daniel Schuman will exhibit selections of their work in at Conny Dietzschold Gallery in Sydney Australia on May 5, 2015.
Schumann will exhibit a selection of his portraits taken of people living out the end of their lives in a hospice. Kellner photographs popular monuments from around the world and presents them in a unique way. While the two photographers' projects seem completely different, they both are 'Timeframes'.
Each of Kellner’s pictures is a collection of time, as many frames are taken over the duration of several hours to form the final image. Schumann photographed terminally ill people over the period of one year, illustrating in a series of photographs, how each individual is dealing with dying and death.
Daniel Schumann Purple Brown Grey White Black – Living While Dying Today, many people have no concrete concept of death and what it means for them. It has become a taboo topic. In curative medicine, for example, death is treated like an anomaly, its ultimate inevitability ignored. At the same time, our life expectancy is increasing steadily, and old age is experienced more and more as a period of frailty, illness and loneliness. As a result, most people die in hospitals, on the sidelines of society. To me, it seems urgently necessary for people to face the issue of dying and death and develop an acceptance of the transitory nature of life. Because only those with a personal, real-life image of death are equipped to deal with the final phase of life with a minimum of fear – some may even be able to free themselves from fear entirely – and say goodbye in peace.
My work seeks to make death visible, with all the pain and suffering that fatal illnesses entail, but also with the certainty that a final farewell in dignity is possible. I want to show death as something common and tangibly ubiquitous in the real world. My project shows people living in a hospice over a period of one year. People come, people go. Some stay longer, others shorter. The course never follows a straight line. The seasons change, the light changes, the colours change. The people live their lives, become weaker, die. Some of them get to know and like others in the hospice.
For the individual, the story of life always ends with death. For others, for family members, for people outside this experience, life goes on. People die. People are born.
Thomas Kellner Tango Metropolis “Kellner's kaleidoscopic, fairy-tale buildings thus inject new life into timeworn tourist shots in an aesthetically arresting and technical conscious way.” Bangsund-Pedersen, Ditte Maria Tango Metropolis.
Thomas Kellner. Cegielska, Beate, 2005, Galleri Image Aarhus, Denmark, last page In his project Tango Metropolis
Thomas Kellner shows the new wonders of the world. In distinction to other projects in Tango Metropolis Kellner captures the buildings in large-size works: the photographs are bigger, the resolution is higher and there are more facets and details than before. With newly discovered energy this project manages to shake the very foundations of the static monuments, moving beyond the evident beauty of the images themselves. Similar to his other works the pictures in Tango Metropolis are showing architecture in a different light.
The pictures tell a new story about popular tourist destinations, using a new visual language and drawing attention to details never seen before. Using his unique technique Thomas Kellner manages to create an image of a building, in which the massive stone walls are cut into pieces and perspectives are disorganized. In this way he succeeds in deconstructing and reconstructing the object at once and the same time. This method provides the buildings with liveliness, movability, spirit and dynamics.
Thomas Kellner is a visual artist living in Siegen, Germany. His work is located somewhere between the deconstructionism, cubism and montage. Thomas Kellner has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in Cologne, Brasilia, London, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York among others. His works are included in the collections of the George Eastman House Rochester, Museum of Fine Art Houston, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro, among many others.
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